The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has issued a draft proposal that would require manufacturers to disclose both the main ingredients in household cleaning products and those present in trace amounts. Evidently backed by a coalition of environmental groups, the proposal will ask manufacturers to provide this information to the agency, as well as the estimated content by weight and whether the ingredient is an “asthmagen, carcinogen, reproductive toxin, mutagen, persistent bioaccumulative toxin, ozone-depleting compound, or chemical of concern.”
Implementing provisions in the state’s 1976 chemical right-to-know law, the final proposal, which is expected in the next several months, will not apparently result in regulations or formal policy, but will build on stakeholder consensus. “This is a different approach,” said DEC spokesperson Michael Bopp, adding that the proposal brings “everybody to the table to work out a deal that will play itself out in a nongovernmental way.”
According to the proposal, DEC is not seeking confidential business information from manufacturers or research findings regarding human health or environmental effects. “However, we do propose to request that manufacturers post information on their websites regarding the nature and extent of investigations and research performed by or for the manufacturer concerning the effects on human health and the environment of their products or the chemical ingredients of such products,” DEC said. See Product Safety & Liability Reporter, March 14, 2011.